Biological Psychiatry Australia

Biological Psychiatry Australia is a society established in 2010 for professionals interested in the advancement of biological research in psychiatry.

The research focus of the Society encompasses the application of biological techniques to investigate and better understand the causes of psychiatric disorders and the translation of neuroscience research to the development of more effective clinical treatments.

The society convenes annually at a meeting designed to promote academic exchange and collaboration between researchers and clinicians working in related fields.


Executive committee
President Tertia Purves-Tyson

Neuroscience Research Australia

Vice-president Rachel Hill

Monash University

Secretary Yann Quidé

University of New South Wales

Treasurer Leigh Walker

Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Webmaster Lauren Harms

University of Newcastle

ECRN representative Samara Walpole

University of Wollongong

Committee members
Sarah Cohen-Woods Flinders University
Vanessa Cropley University of Melbourne
Alexandre Guérin University of Melbourne
Katrina Green University of Wollongong
James Kesby University of Queensland
Natalie Matosin The University of Sydney


BPA Equity and Diversity Statement

  • Biological Psychiatry Australia (BPA) has a mission to promote research and innovation in the field of biological psychiatry within Australia.
  • Diversity drives quality and innovation, and so BPA strives to develop a strong culture of diversity and inclusivity. We aim for all voices to be heard, regardless of gender, race, disability, age, socioeconomics, sexuality, religion, or any other attribute.
  • We recognise our responsibility to our membership to promote equity of opportunity across all our activities, including developing meeting programs, and bestowing prizes and awards. We will not tolerate actions or language that discriminates against any person or persons based on gender, race, disability, age, socioeconomics, sexuality, religion or any other attribute, at any event held by or sponsored by BPA.
  • Through fostering a culture of inclusivity, we aim to promote diversity and provide a forum where researchers of all levels and all backgrounds can freely share ideas and inspiration.


Click here for a report on the Society’s launch in 2010.

Click here for a copy of the BPA constitution.